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Brett

lexington, KY, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Up Jumps the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In Up Jumps the Devil, fast-moving progress is threatening to forever destroy the leisurely, heart-warming pace of Colleton County, North Carolina. District Court Judge Deborah Knott sees trouble brewing when plans for a new interstate highway start pushing up property values. Deborah finds herself calming the combatants with down-home wit, but when the squabbles escalate to murder, Deborah is forced to search for a killer uncomfortably close to home.

    Brett says: "Enjoyable Story, but not the narator's best work"
    "Enjoyable Story, but not the narator's best work"
    Overall

    A combination murder mystery and family drama, Up Jumps the Devil delivers the clearest image yet Deborah Knott's large and diverse family and background. The mystery is a bit of a yawn, and the narrative is a somewhat disjointed, but, if you are a Knott fan, you will delight in the details of her and her family's background. If you cotton to a more plot driven yarn, you may not be as satisfied. The narration is a bit stilted. In some places it seems Critt is injecting perkiness into her delivery of a sentence to cover her lack of understanding of its context. Her earlier Knott series performances were more satisfying.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Problem of Proportion: The Human Division, Episode 11

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (389)

    A secret backdoor meeting between Ambassador Ode Abumwe and the Conclave’s Hafte Sorvalh turns out to be less than secret, as both of their ships are attacked. It’s a surprise to both teams - but it’s the identity of the attacker that is the real surprise, and suggests a threat to both humanity and The Conclave. "A Problem of Proportion" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    Joshua says: "A Scalzi Twist on a Sci-fi Theme"
    "So sad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good entry into the series, but a sad one :( All the usual characters with some amusing alien 'grunts' thrown into the mix.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (549)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    Brett says: "Pretty Fun Space Opera"
    "Pretty Fun Space Opera"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first installment of this story has a little too much diplomacy and bureaucracy it for my taste, but picks up the pace toward the end. The central protagonist is a bit of a wise acre, and he and his sidekick adds some needed comic relief to contrast with the rest of the crew, who take themselves very seriously. We also get to see a bit of the wider view of this universe and some foreshadowing of the future arc of this series, which left me interested enough that I am going to download part 2 tonight. All and all, there are some good ideas here and some fun storytelling. I recommend you give it a try.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trading in Danger: Vatta's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (332)

    The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

    L'Aura says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Narrator is getting a bad rap"
    Overall

    Several reviewers here have made complaints of M. Holloway's delivery. I think they are making too much of a muchness out of it.

    Are there some mis-emphasized words or phrases? Yes. But in general, this is a workmanlike narration of the text without a lot of interpretation, and the delivery does not detract from the story, which is great.

    I have heard too many titles ruined by over ambitious narration, and I am glad that M. Holloway errs on the the side of caution.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bangkok 8

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By B.D. Wong
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Under a Bangkok bridge, inside a bolted-shut Mercedes, a Marine is killed by a python and a swarm of cobras. Two cops arrive too late. Minutes later, only one is alive: Sonchai Jitpleecheep. Now, his partner dead, Sonchai must search for the murderer in the moneyed underbelly of Bangkok - and track a predator of an even more sinister variety.

    Brett says: "Bangkok 8 worth the listen"
    "Bangkok 8 worth the listen"
    Overall

    John Burdett presents an engrossing cast of characters in an intriguing city. The plot is somewhat outlandish, and the conclusion quite a bit less than satisfying, but these weaknesses are offset both by the excellent reading by B.D. Wong and the insights into the police force, racial influences, philosophy and sexual attitudes of modern Thailand.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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